Louis Betts (1873-1961)

Native American Artists & Artworks

Artist: Louis Betts (1873-1961) American  Subject: old West (two indians fighting) Measures: 23.25x17.75 inches Oil on board / signed lower left Farhat Art Museum Collection Artist: Louis Betts (1873-1961) American
Subject: old West (two indians fighting)
Measures: 23.25×17.75 inches
Oil on board / signed lower left
Farhat Art Museum Collection

Louis Betts was a painter, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 5th, 1873. His father was a landscape painter and his mother was also an artist. At an early age his father E. D. Betts, Sr., encouraged him in his love of pictorial art and was his first instructor. When he was fourteen years old he painted his first portrait, for which he received instruction on the violin, his favorite instrument. Painting and music became his “vocation and avocation” for the rest of his life.

He later became a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art under William Merritt Chase who encouraged him to become an Impressionist. He won a traveling scholarship, which gave him his first trip to Europe. Louis Betts became…

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